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Erekat outlines demands to Mideast Quartet

June 25, 2011 1:07 P.M. (Updated: June 27, 2011 2:16 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority passed on four official demands to the Mideast Quartet for discussion in upcoming meetings, PLO official Saeb Erekat told Saudi newspaper Al-Watan on Friday.

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton told the PA's leadership Friday that the Quartet would convene in July for ministerial level talks to discuss relaunching the peace process. Quartet envoys are scheduled to meet Friday.

Erekat said the demands included a complete halt to all Israeli settlement activity, 1967 borders as the basis for peace negotiations with mutually agreed land swaps, EU support for reconciliation talks "which will strengthen peace opportunities" and EU support for a Palestinian UN statehood bid in September.

He also wanted EU acknowledgment that a UN statehood bid does not contradict peace negotiations.

Erekat denied recent news reports that the PA would resume negotiations even if there was only a partial halt in settlement activity.

“The Palestinian stance is very clear and precisely defined: negotiations over a two-state solution based on 1967 borders and a complete halt to Israel’s settlement activities, particularly in Jerusalem."

He added that any official who said otherwise "could not be a Palestinian official."

The last round of peace talks collapsed in September 2010 when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a partial moratorium on settlement building.
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